University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


About Us

Founded in 1997 by Dr. Stephen Feinstein, CHGS is a research institute of the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts that serves to educate and provide space for scholars, artists, educators, students and other interested individuals to examine and memorialize the Holocaust and other genocides. Through programs, exhibitions, conferences/symposia/workshops, and academic resources, CHGS provides a singular and interdisciplinary venue to discuss, study and gain understanding of the recurring phenomena of genocide and other human rights violations.


CHGS provides a collaborative intellectual space for sharing expertise and academic resources to study the Holocaust, other genocides and current forms of mass violence in the hopes of preventing future atrocities.


Alejandro Baer, Stephen Feinstein Chair and director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology.

In August 2012, Professor Alejandro Baer was named the Stephen Feinstein Chair and director of CHGS. Baer earned his Ph.D. at the Universidad Complutense and held faculty positions at universities in Madrid, Bayreuth and Munich. He has authored numerous books and articles addressing issues of genocide, collective memory, and antisemitism. He is currently engaged in research on the representations of present and past mass violence in a transnational arena of interconnected memory cultures (particularly the cases of Spain, Argentina and Germany). In April 2014, Alejandro Baer was honored with the 2014 Public Sociology Award at the University of Minnesota. Selected publications.

Jodi Elowitz, Outreach Coordinator

Jodi Elowitz’s specialty is dealing with artistic representation of the Holocaust in the visual arts with an emphasis on work done in the camps and ghettos. Current research is on Holocaust memory in animated film and the Holocaust in Polish Memory, particularly in film and tourism. Recent work is the article “Seven Minutes in the Warsaw Ghetto: Representing the Unimaginable through Animated Film” for Short Film Studies Journal published in 2014. Elowitz received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities/Art History and her Master Liberal Studies degree at the University of Minnesota.

Tracy Baumgart, Program Associate

Tracy Baumgardt has been providing program support to CHGS since February 2011. Prior to this she was working as a Human Rights Field Officer with Peace Brigades International in Kathmandu, Nepal and inmost recently Nairobi, Kenya (2013). There she supported at-risk human rights defenders through protective accompaniment, advocacy and capacity building. Baumgardt graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs with a Masters of Public Policy and a minor in Human Rights.

Badzin Fellows

Paula Sofia Cuellar Badzin Fellow (Academic Year 2014-2015)

Paula Sofia Cuellar (El Salvador) holds an L.L.B. degree from Central American University José Simeón Cañas and an M.A. in human rights and education for peace from University of El Salvador. Paula also earned an L.L.M. degree in international human rights from the University of Notre Dame and a postgraduate diploma in human rights and democratization processes from the University of Chile. Currently she is a Ph.D. History major and a Human Rights minor at the University of Minnesota. Cuellar's research interests are human rights, transitional justice and genocide in Latin America. She is right now working on a paper regarding the International Tribunalof Restorative Justice for El Salvador.

Wahutu Siguru, Badzin Fellow (2013-2014) (Spring 2015)

Wahutu Siguru was the 2013 Badzin Fellow in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and is currently a PhD candidate in the Sociology department at the University of Minnesota. Siguru's research interests are in the Sociology of Media, Genocide, Mass Violence and Atrocities (specifically on issues of representation of conflicts in Africa such as Darfur and Rwanda), Collective Memory, and perhaps somewhat tangentially Democracy and Development in Africa.In addition to his own scholarship he is currently working as a Research Assistant to Dr. Baer.


The Center is currently open by appointment. Please contact Jodi Elowitz at 612-624-6527 or email to set up a time.

Hours for Alejandro Baer, Director
Room 1133 Social Sciences (No summer hours at this time)
e-mail Alejandro Baer

Hours for Jodi Elowitz, Outreach Coordinator
Monday-Friday (Please contact for appointment). e-mail Jodi Elowitz
248 Social Sciences


Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
University of Minnesota
214 Social Sciences
267 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Main office phone: 612-624-9007

Page updated June 2014.